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Topic: BEAT AROUND THE BUSH (05/25/17)
TITLE: Importance of Something Important
By Rachel Rudd
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Stay safe. Her last words to Daniel before he traveled overseas to fight in a war that he didn't believe in. But he still thought it his duty to go. She wondered if it would be the last time she would look at his boyish face.
The first time she saw that face didn't actually start out well. They had met two years ago when she poured coffee...all over him. He took it in stride and asked for a wet wipe. Her laugh had sealed their friendship. From there they met regularly, both when she was working at the diner and when she wasn't. She would laugh at his corny jokes while wishing she could she share her thoughts.
Six months later she attempted to speak her mind. "Daniel."
""Would you...could you..."she rung her hands together. "If I could just tell you, then maybe...
Her words died out as she noticed his puzzled expression. "Never mind. Can I get you some more coffee?"
"Sure, just don't pour it all over me." She grinned and that was the end of any serious conversation.
Then came the day last fall when he told her that he was joining the army. Visions of white marble crosses crowded her vision and she had to sit down quickly. "Daniel, you can't do that! You are not ready, I mean, I just think that, well, what if you don't come back?"
Daniel had smiled and patted her shoulder. "Don't worry, Maria. I'm not going to be on the front lines more than necessary. I will be a medic, but probably will be working with the wounded off the battlefield.
"But what if you don't?"
"Then I'll just tap my lucky penny I found and run like the wind."
Her look of incredulity didn't reach past his shield of humor. "Daniel, I've been, I kind of wanted to talk to you about something. Something very important."
"Well,what is it, Maria? I'm listening."
She gathered all the crumbs of courage she could find and tried to explain. "Well, like I said, I need to tell you about something very important...to me. Well, I know that we see things differently. Sometimes I wonder how it could be possible to, you know, see things so differently."
"What is it that we see differently that has any importance?"
"Well, basic things, things that I think are very significant."
"Maria, you said that already. Can you just tell me what you are talking about?"
"I am trying to! I need you to understand what is important for your future."
"Well, we just talked about my future and I am going to go help people as they fight for their lives. You can't change my mind." He stood up and began to turn away.
"Daniel, I didn't mean to change your mind. I just need you to know..."she sighed and patted his hand. "I guess we can talk about it later."
"Sure thing," he said. "As long as you know that I'm sticking to my decision."
Maria filled another tissue with tears and looked at the people rushing to make their train. Why didn't I run after him and tell him that his future was on the line if he didn't make the right decision? He wanted to save lives, but Someone wanted to save his.
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